I do not claim that Klezmar was an important influence in Johnny Dodds
musical development. I simply point out an interesting example,
probably isolated, of Johnny Dodds playing a fragment with a strong
Klezmar sound. I would not dismiss this as "coincidence." Too many
tell-tale signs. And I don't hear anything similar to Johnny Dodds'
Klezmar-sounding passage in other recordings of "High Society" that I
I am not familiar with the history of Jews in New Orleans. All I know
is that the second oldest synagogue in the United States is the Touro
Synagogue in New Orleans' Garden District. It was founded in 1828.
"The name "Touro" was adopted in 1881, when the two congregations
(German and Spanish-Portuguese) merged and honored the memory of the
New Orleans philanthropist and community leader, Judah Touro. It was
Judah's father, Isaac Touro, for whom Touro Synagogue of Newport,
Rhode Island, the oldest synagogue in America, was named."
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
, "David Brown" <johnhaleysims@...>
> Hello Albert
> Yes, I hear what you mean but I think we have to put it down to
> for I assume there was no substantial Jewish community in N.O.
> Dodds on 'High Society' is essaying, rather approximately, the standard
> Picou solo transcribed from the piccolo part.
> Jazz and Kletzmer cross with Ted Lewis and it has also been
suggested as yet
> another influence on Goodman and even Artie Shaw. But Lewis was
> primarily by the raucous novelty style of Shields, to whom, yet
> I have concluded that his influence was large and, due to his ODJB
> and race, underrated.
> We are still left with where he got this shrill novelty style. I have on
> behind me now Nunez who was born in 1884 and, although care is needed
> because these sides postdate ODJB, it is probable that Nunez was
> this style earlier and that, as his replacement with ODJB, Shields also
> assumed his style.
> I also speculate that Dodds unique style also drew on these
> can further ask whether Nunez represents a form of the posited
> Uptown' clarinet.
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